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Home Fix It Show

Saturdays, 9am-12pm

Dave Baker

Home Fix It Show with Dave Baker

Resident household repair and home improvement expert, Dave Baker provides tips and advice on planning, building and fixing up around the house.   He rounds out his "toolbox of knowledge" by inviting home repair experts to answer any and all home improvement questions. Listen to Dave Baker Saturday's at 9am - Noon on News 95.5 AM750 WSB. 

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Recent Posts

  • Q – We have two rooms on one side of the house that never seem to get cool enough in the summer (or warm enough in the winter for that matter). Do you think it is because our a/c unit isn’t large enough? Buzz in Sandy Springs  A – Well Buzz… It would be hard to tell if your a/c system was big enough based on a warm room or two. You should have a qualified air conditioning company come out and give your house an inspection. They should look at things like which way the house faces, tree coverage, amount of glass, etc… then make a decision on the sizing of your a/c unit. Chances are your unit is probably pretty close to being the correct size. They will also check your thermostat to make sure it is working properly and is hung in an appropriate spot in your house. The next step is to check out your duct work. You can have the hvac company install dampers which will help dictate the flow of air to certain rooms, which can force more cool air into those rooms. Another option would be to add a smaller unit, such as a Mr. Slim unit into that area. These smaller units do a nice job of cooling and heating smaller spaces and are very effective in bonus rooms over garages. You might also want to check your thermal envelope in that area of the house to make sure your windows aren’t leaky and that the insulation is up to snuff. Doing all that will make you a busy little bee, Buzz…
  • Q – Recently, lightning struck near our house and the resulting power surge knocked out our television. Could we have prevented this? Ann in Morningside A – It’s pretty hard to prevent lightning strikes, but what you can prepare for are power surges. First of all, power surges don’t only result from lightning strikes. The average home actually faces five or more power surges per day. Since it is so hard to know where or when a power surge is going to, well, surge - it is important to protect your whole house. Quick facts: The average Atlanta area household has $8,000 of electrical items. 40% of all computer crashes and data loss comes from power surges Your home’s average voltage is 120 volts. A surge can be 10 times stronger (or more). Half of all surges come from inside your own home, when large appliances turn on and off. A quality surge protection device covers all incoming lines into the house, including telephone. A good electrical company can fix you up with a whole house surge protector. Whole house protection is the best way to go – far, far better than just the surge strips you purchase at the hardware store. Your best bet for this protection is to contact a good, certified electrician or your local utility company.
  • Q – I think I need better ventilation in my attic. Is there a problem with using a ridge vent and a power-ventilated fan? Mike in Canton A – Actually, you would think the more ventilation systems in the attic the merrier. After all, removing hot air out of the attic makes everyone happier. However, that is not the case. The proper use of a ridge vent system is to have soffit, or overhang vents that allow outside air to enter freely, move up through the rafters, then out the ridge vent. A power vent in addition to a ridge vent ends up pulling air back through the ridge vent and force it out through the fan, which basically moves all the flowing air to one small localized are around the fan. It ends up not ventilating the entire attic space. To make sure your ridge vent is working properly, check the soffit vents and make sure that they aren’t covered with insulation. That will allow for full air flow. Remember - you can use a power fan with gable, canned or soffit vents – or any combination of the four. But don’t use it with a ridge vent.
  • The heat is on. Is keeping cool costing you extra $$? 5 Things you can do to lower your electric bill. Use compact fluorescent light bulbs. They last 10 times longer and use 75% less electricity. You can save about 2% per degree that you raise your thermostat during the summer months. Clean your air filters. Help keep your hvac system running at its peak efficiency. Turn off the lights when you leave the room. Read it again. Now read it to your kids. Now read it again to your kids. By lights I also mean television. Make sure your attic is properly insulated and your windows and doors are properly weather stripped.
  • Dishwasher leaking? Dryer not drying? If your appliances aren't working should you repair them or replace them. Learn more here… If you aren't getting the usually reliable service out of your household appliances the question always becomes: Should I repair it or is it time to replace? The very first thing you want to know is, is the appliance really on the fritz?  Not to bring up stories of cars that wouldn't run only to be diagnosed as out of gas, or irons that wouldn't heat up because they were unplugged but those stories are out there and you should be aware of them. For instance a washing machine will vibrate and create horrible noises sometimes with an unbalanced load. It could also cause a water leak not from malfunction but from a faulty hose connection, or a burst hose behind the machine. Some appliances may not turn on at all not because they are broken but because a circuit breaker may have tripped. If an appliance is still in its useful life span (see below) my gut reaction is to always call a repairman, at least for an estimate. Many a time I have had an un-drying dryer dry with the replacement of a single part which cost me less than $75 installed.  Here is a listing of common items and how long the professionals say they should last.  - Refrigerator: 15- 20 years - Freezers: 15-20 years - Ranges/ovens: 10-14 years - Dishwashers 10-12 years - Washer/dryers: 10-14 years - Computers 2-4 years - Televisions: 4-8 years Of course, your mileage will vary based on care and usage. Appliances will most likely break down when you need them most. Your odds of getting a repairman to the house are in direct proportion to the untimeliness of the break down. Product warranties are inversely connected to life expectancy i.e. your dishwasher with its 10 year life expectancy no doubt only carries an 8 year warranty. A salesman will call.  Here are some general guidelines for helping you through the repair or replace dilemma. Electronics: (Phones, cameras, televisions, computers) If the device is less than 2 years old, repair it. If more than 4 years old, replace it; you'll likely get more advanced technology and cool stuff at a (relatively) cheaper price. If your gadget is somewhere in the middle (say between 2 and 4 years), replace it if the repair cost is more than half the replacement cost. Major appliances:  (Home theater, audio, refrigerators, freezers, washers, dryers) If the device is less than 4 years old, repair it. If more than 7 years old, replace it. For the middle years, replace it if the repair cost is more than half the replacement cost. The trade-off on these guidelines? If you really like what you have and don't want to send it packing, spend the money on repairs, on the premise that this breakdown (like a broken drive belt or timer) was a one-off incident. If it appears that the breakdown is the start of something bad/worse, employ the 'replace if more than 50% to repair' rule. Another thing to remember is that broken appliances may have an opportunity loss - food going bad in broken fridge, home business that depends on computers, that sort of thing. These factors will force you into quicker decisions - more likely to replace if you don't have the time for repair. Another little potentially costly gem that may be hiding in wait for your is this: be sure that the appliance you decide to replace can actually be removed. I have seen an instance when a framing enclosure was added around a refrigerator; when it had to be replaced, the extensive surround required expensive removal. If your decision is to replace, keep these things in mind… Energy-saving features on major appliances are important. If the item is Energy Star-certified, you'll save some on your utility bills; if power costs you less at night, opt for a washer or dryer that has a delayed start option. Over time, you'll save money. The more complicated a machine is, the more that can go wrong, and the more it will cost to repair; do you really need 8 wash cycles or 6 dryer cycles to get your clothes clean? To minimize cost, get the least you need to do the job. Can you accomplish some of the repairs yourself? The biggest cost component of a service call is usually the labor -- if you can change a drive belt or a lint filter yourself, find an appliance that makes it easy to do so. Preventive maintenance, by you or a service rep, may pay dividends in the long run. Finally, one more thing about repair services. There are 3 general types: factory repairs by the manufacturer, authorized repairs by a contractor who likely has undergone factory training, and independent repairmen who may not be much more than a handyman with a pickup truck. Know what you're getting.

News

  • A man accidentally fatally shot his 23-year-old daughter as she was trying to enter the family home early Sunday morning. >> Read more trending news  Investigators said Nadeja Jermaineque Pressley was coming home around 1:15 a.m. when she was shot through the door by her father, who thought an intruder was trying to get inside, WYFF reported.  The Greenville County Sheriff’s Office is investigating the shooting.
  • Emergency crews are investigating after a reported incident occurred on board a plane at Charlotte Douglas International Airport. In a statement to WSOC, airport officials said, “There is an investigation of a security incident on board an aircraft. More information to come.” Dozens of people were escorted off the plane and first responders came to the aircraft.  >> Read more trending news  Officials have confirmed the investigation involved a Jet Blue airplane departing from Charlotte, North Carolina, heading to New York on Sunday morning.  A JetBlue spokesperson told to WSOC the flight has been delayed. “JetBlue Flight 218, scheduled to depart from Charlotte to New York this morning, has been delayed for additional security screenings out of an abundance of caution. Local law enforcement is on-site and we are working to get customers on their way to New York as soon as possible.” According to David Lathan, a passenger on the plane from Rockingham, North Carolina, the aircraft was taxiing to the runway when the pilot had to stop. Lathan claims the pilot told the passengers there had been a bomb threat and gave them directions. “He said that there's been a bomb threat,” Lathan told WSOC., adding that the pilot said, “There’s going to be a policeman come up to the door. They’re going to open the door. When they do, get your luggage, and exit the airplane.” No other information has been released.  The investigation is ongoing, WSOC reported.
  • Two men are behind bars facing charges of inducing panic after allegedly surfing on the swollen Great Miami River. >> Read more trending news  Passersby spotted the men in the water shortly before 5 p.m. Saturday. Andrew S. Cook Jr., 25, and Garrett M. Pickiering, 26, said they also had asked someone to call for help after they apparently fell into the river in the area of State Route 47 and Port Huron Drive. “We had prepared for a water rescue,” Sgt. Joel Howell, of the Shelby County Sheriff’s Office, said. “We weren’t exactly sure if they were in the water.” Deputies received word that the pair, who were wet and carrying an oar, were just south of town. “They ended up going to jail for inducing panic, the reason being they left after asking somebody to call for help for them,” said Howell, who added that Cook and Pickiering apparently admitted to seeing at least one deputy respond. Cook and Pickiering were each booked into the Shelby County Jail on suspicion of inducing panic. They await Monday morning court dates, according to online records. Howell said the river is especially dangerous because it is flooded over the banks, full of debris and has a swift current.
  • A Mississippi teen is fighting for her life after being shot in a drive-by shooting in Jonestown, Mississippi. >> Read more trending news  Family members said Lamonshae Williams was shot in the stomach during a graduation party overnight. She was rushed to Regional One in critical condition. Williams graduated from Coahoma Early College High School on Saturday. Relatives told FOX13 she graduated sixth in her class.  Another victim who was shot at the scene was treated at a local hospital and is expected to be OK. Lamonshae's mother Luetisha Gardner said she is heartbroken about the situation. She told FOX13 that Lamonsha's older sister was killed a few years ago. Jonestown has very limited police coverage, so Coahoma County deputies are currently handling the case. Officers have not identified any suspects at this time. This is a developing story. Check back for updates.
  • A year ago, the world watched as Prince Harry and Meghan Markle were married at Windsor Castle’s historic St. George’s Chapel. Less than a year after their nuptials, they welcomed their first child, Archie Harrison Mountbatten-Windsor. On Sunday, the couple celebrated their first wedding anniversary. >> Read more trending news  Harper’s Bazaar reported that the couple has shared behind-the-scenes moments from their big day in an Instagram post on Sussex Royal. Related: Prince Harry and Meghan Markle: A relationship timeline The video slideshow begins with a series of black-and-white photos that include images of Markle holding hands with her mother, Doria Ragland, and Prince Harry pretending to hitchhike to his wedding. Audio of “This Little Light of Mine,” which Sussex Royal said was selected by the couple for their recessional, can be heard as the images are displayed. The video slideshow ends in color images of the big day and wedding bells. The Duke and Duchess of Sussex also shared a message to supporters, saying, “Thank you for all of the love and support from so many of you around the world. Each of you made this day even more meaningful.” Watch the video below.
  • Billionaire Robert F. Smith, who received an honorary doctorate from Morehouse College at institution’s Sunday morning graduation exercises, had already announced a $1.5 million gift to the school.  But during his remarks in front of the nearly 400 graduating seniors, the billionaire technology investor and philanthropist surprised some by announcing that his family was providing a grant to eliminate the student debt of the entire class of 2019.  >> Read more trending news  “This is my class, and I know my class will pay this forward,” he said. He received an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters at the ceremony. The announcement elicited the biggest cheers of the morning. Tonga Releford, whose son, Charles Releford III, is a member of the class of 2019, estimates that her son’s student loans are around $70,000. “I feel like it’s Mother’s Day all over again,” she told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution. Smith’s gift has been estimated at $40 million. Tonga Releford’s husband, Charles Hereford Jr., is also a Morehouse graduate. He said their younger son, Colin, is a junior at Morehouse, an all-male historically black college. The father said he doesn’t know who the keynote speaker will be at Colin’s graduation ceremony but is hoping for a return performance by Smith.  “Maybe he’ll come back next year,” he said.